Independent Historian

Over time, Douglas Bender has held several leadership and board positions with for-profit and nonprofit organizations including local industrial commission advisory boards and Chambers of Commerce. He serves as Chairman of the Board for MJC & Associates, Inc., a Houston, Texas based mobile notary firm and is a Board Member of Virtual Sports Training, Inc., (VST) of Orange County, California, a leading-edge sports technology corporation.

He has served on the Executive Advisory Board for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and as the Executive Program Coordinator for the California State University – Long Beach Human Resources Professional Certificate Program for eight years. He served on the national board of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, for six years chairing several national committees (including History & Archives), and is currently Chairman of Base 11, a national STEM nonprofit and workforce accelerator.

Doug has served as a church Trustee for almost twenty years and was Vice President of the Friendship Development Foundation (community non-profit) board in Yorba Linda, California. He currently serves as Trustee of the Bender Family Trust administered by the American Baptist Foundation in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He also chaired the Villa Park (California) Community Service Foundation for five years, the first African American to be elected or appointed in the city’s history. He was Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Greensboro, North Carolina and is the current Chair of the City’s Cultural Affairs Commission. Doug is an active member of TEDx Greensboro.

Doug has been involved with the World Business Academy as a Fellow (2004- 2006), the International Neocasting Alliance as a Charter member (2005 – Present), Small Business Insights Panel member (2006 – 2010) and is a member of the Worldwide Network for Servant-Leadership (2009 – Present).

He has been an Adjunct Instructor at the heralded California State University campuses at Long Beach and Fullerton and has lectured many international business leadership delegations from around the world including The Peoples Republic of China. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Southern California’s Bovard College and a visiting lecturer to the Marshall School of Business Leadership Fellows Program.

Along with many published professional articles written over the course of his career he has also published the award-winning book, The ABC’s of Leadership in 2008 (Axiom Business Book Awards) and a second book, Caution: Smiles At Work (, 2014). In addition, he is a Contributing Author to the bestseller, The Leadership Challenge Activities Book by Kouzes and Posner (Pfeiffer, 2010).

Doug appears in several regional, national, and international editions of Who’s Who. He and his wife, Belinda, have eight adult children and twelve grandchildren.